Just getting started at using Adobe Illustrator? It can be rather daunting, but here are some of the best beginner tutorials that we have found for Adobe Illustrator.
We hope that you enjoy them and learn a lot!
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If you haven’t gotten your Illustrator software, you can download the 30 days trial from Adobe’s download page. After installing, you will learn how to use Illustrator for the first time.
In this video you’ll learn how to set up a new Illustrator document. You’ll even learn how to use the options in the New Document dialog box like Width and Height, Color Mode, and Transparency Grid.
This is the first in a series of beginner tutorials for people just starting out in Illustrator. This one covers the layer palette and placing your pencil sketches in Illustrator.
This tutorial is about drawing with the Pen tool. The Pen tool is Illustrator’s workhorse. It takes time to learn how to use, but is one of the key drawing tools in Illustrator.
This tutorial is about tracing over your pencil sketches with the Pen tool.
This lesson is about making symmetrical vector files. The best way to make sure your file is symmetrical is to draw half of it and flip it.
This lesson covers using the Ellipse tool to make eyes.
This lesson covers creating symmetrical curves by making a smiling mouth.
By using the Transform effect on a single, simple polygon, you can make a sophisticated background pattern that looks like it took hours to create. It actually only takes a few steps in Adobe Illustrator – the trick is using overlapping copies and transparency.
In this tutorial you’ll learn everything there is to know about the Blend Brushes in Adobe Illustrator. These brushes with soft edges, are used often for adding highlights, shades or details, are a real treasure for your designs. Here you will learn how to create some of the most used Art and Scatter Blend Brushes.
Harness the power of the Transform effect by turning a simple circle into a swirling vortex, using Adobe Illustrator.
Follow this in-depth look at the process of designing type for a vintage style postcard in Adobe Illustrator CS5. The tutorial delves into clipping masks, using bitmap images, working with layers and type effects.
Office applications are getting very advanced these days offering all sorts of fancy features for data visualization. Graph generation is a standard feature in desktop applications like Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc, but it can also be achieved in non-spreadsheet applications like Adobe Illustrator.
Ben the Illustrator explains how to use transparency and gradient tools to bring a dynamic creative edge to your work.
Andy Buckle explains how to use Adobe Illustrator CS6’s new pattern-creation tools to create a seamlessly repeating design for use in your websites.
Jeffrey Bowman explains how to use grids, gradients and textures to add depth to your illustrations.
Design a T-shirt featuring retro graphics by creating simple vectors and textures in Adobe Illustrator, by following this step-by-step guide.
In this tutorial, you’ll discover how to add a sense of motion to your work by combining vector illustrations with Photoshop’s Pen tool to create a kaleidoscopic effect.
Here is a very easy to follow step-by-step tutorial for people who just started out with Illustrator.
Power up Adobe Illustrator for a fun twist on this classic craft project.
In this tutorial, you can learn how to create a festive and glittering Christmas wreath with the help of self-made brushes in Adobe Illustrator.
Adding texture to your vector is a great way to give it more dimension and perspective. You’ll learn how to add texture to your vector with help from a well versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.
This guide will show you how the basic shapes, using basic tools ie pathfinder, knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character.
It seems that the 50s are back, not just in advertising and design, but also on clothes, TV shows, and elsewhere. Learn how to create a 50s poster design.
Discover how you can draw a vector design of a city portrait using Adobe Illustrator Tutorial.
This swirl designs tutorial will cover some of the techniques you can use to create your own beautiful swirls and flourishes.
This can also be a neat little add-on to a party invitation or the like.
Ever wondered how you draw a ribbon in Adobe Illustrator? Learn how to do it in this tutorial.
This is a quick demo using a blend of live effects, filters, and even a little gradient mesh to create a seemingly complex logo treatment.
Learn how to add a bit of fun to your pie charts with this tutorial!
You can achieve surprisingly cool results using the Transform Again feature in Illustrator starting from a simple shape.
Learn how to create seamless patterns and how you can scale and rotate them using different settings in the Scale tool options.
Learn how to create a realistic vector orange using effects like sponge and plastic wrap.
Learn how to draw a piano keyboard in illustrator using the Transform Effect.
See how to create a metal wire fence from scratch in Illustrator. Learn to use the line and blend tool to make the wires look 3D.
This step by step tutorial demonstrates creating and coloring of quilt blocks. This quilting pattern is made up of symmetrical blocks which begins with a basic square.
Here is a quick tutorial to help you create a Happy New Year card. You will learn how to create realistic vector fireworks in this tutorial.
This article will show you how to use Illustrator’s Live Trace tool. Live Trace will allow you to completely convert photographs and other raster graphics into vector graphics!
Read this tutorial to learn how to save time by using Illustrator Effects and work more efficient.
Sometimes you want to show only part of your artwork, not the whole thing. Deleting portions of your work is not recommended in general especially since Illustrator is equipped with a powerful feature called Clipping Masks.
A nice Gradient Fill can really make the difference and enhance your artwork. Learn how to do it in this tutorial about Gradients.
One of the coolest functions inside illustrator is the ‘Opacity Mask’. Opacity Masks set various transparency levels in vector Artwork, Text or even photographs.
Learn how to take a seamless vector pattern and put it to use.
Have you ever been cruising right along and accidentally added a color to the Stroke of an object when you meant to add it to the Fill? Learn a few handy keyboard shortcuts to help with Fills and Strokes.
See how to create a slick clock icon in Adobe Illustrator.
Discover how to create a simple badge using Adobe Illustrator’s basic tools and free fonts / icons from dafont.com and meanicons.com.
Learn how to design a nice Japanese style cherry blossom scene in Adobe Illustrator using the Blob brush, Eraser and the Ellipse tool.
There are several ways to create an arrow using Illustrator CS6. Here are five different methods that will give you a wide variety of arrows to choose from.
Discover how to draw pixel-aligned paths in Illustrator.
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